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D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to help prevent or reduce drug abuse, violence among children/youth and promote positive decision making. The emphasis of the Student Planner and the Officer's Guide to D.A.R.E. to Resist Drugs and Violence is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs and to resist engaging in violence.

The program content for D.A.R.E. is organized into ten 45 to 60 minute lessons to be taught by a law enforcement officer with suggested extended activities to be integrated by the classroom teacher. A specially trained officer is assigned to one or more schools a day, every day of the week for each semester, to conduct weekly lessons in grades 5 or 6. Student participation in the D.A.R.E. program may be incorporated as an integral part of the school's curricular offering in health, science, social studies, language arts or other subjects as appropriate. The D.A.R.E. program lessons are listed below:

  • Lesson 1 - Purpose and Overview of the D.A.R.E. Program
  • Lesson 2 - Tobacco and You
  • Lesson 3 - Smoke Screen
  • Lesson 4 - Alcohol and You
  • Lesson 5 - The Real Truth
  • Lesson 6 - Friendship Foundations
  • Lesson 7 - Putting It Together
  • Lesson 8 - Personal Action
  • Lesson 9 - Practice!Practice!Practice!
  • Lesson 10 - Special Event


The D.A.R.E. program offers preventive strategies to enhance those protective factors - especially bonding to the family, school and community - which appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. Researchers have identified certain protective and social bonding factors in the family, school and community which may foster resiliency in young people, in other words, the capacity of young people for healthy, independent growth in spite of adverse conditions. These strategies focus on the development of social competence, communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. 

You may contact the National D.A.R.E. Office at